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Frequent car starting--what to be aware of?

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Jan 12, 2013, 9:40 PM

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Hi everyone; I have a delivery job and almost had my 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage DE sedan stolen yesterday as it was left running during a delivery.

I'm not going to leave the car on anymore, which means I'll be starting it 20-40 times a day now. What should I be aware of in terms of added maintenance? (I'm not very car savvy)


(This post was edited by Kite on Jan 12, 2013, 9:41 PM)

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Jan 13, 2013, 2:02 AM

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One thing you could do is take the key fob off the key ring and lock it while it's running. I know all it takes is a hammer to the window for someone to get in but at least if the door was locked it might prevent someone from trying.

I'm not a professional mechanic like the mods here so could be wrong but I don't think there is really any maintenance to prevent failure on starting a car too much. I guess over time the starter could eventually fail but I wouldn't think it would make much sense to put a new one on for preventive maintenance. A starter can go even if you aren't starting it 20-40 times a day. That's just the way things go sometimes.

I'm sure the real mechanics will chime in with better info.

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Jan 13, 2013, 6:05 AM

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The ignition switch and starter would take a little extra wear and tear but UPS and the Postal Service has been doing it for years.


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Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 13, 2013, 10:20 AM

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Tough call and matters if practical to just leave it running for whatever you are doing or even possible. The USPS and UPS, FEX-EX that I observe always shut off vehicle and lock it.

As HT said starter and ignition would take some extra wear. I dare say having the best battery for instant starts could help with the starter. Maybe that lock de-icer (mild lube in it) would help with the key itself in lock cylinder but nothing I can think of for the ignition switch to help.

You really might have to replace something or get lucky but chalk that up to a cost of doing your biz,


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